One of the highlights at each year’s The Next Web Conference Europe is the Startup Rally in partnership with Microsoft BizSpark, in which teams from around the world descend on Amsterdam to compete in a pitching contest that could land them the glory of winning this coveted title, along with a host of other prizes.

This year’s selection process saw hundreds of applicants whittled down to just 16 by way of video pitches and interviews. That’s not all, though; a further four ‘wildcard’ entrants will be selected to pitch from the startups demoing in the business area of the conference. On the 24th of April, The Next Web and Microsoft BizSpark will organize a preparation day to help each finalist get the most out of their performance.

Tickets are available now for the conference, which takes place on 25 and 26 April 2013 in Amsterdam. If you move quickly, you’ll be able to grab a super early bird discount (32% off!) and join the TNW Academy class Let’s Fix Your Pitch by Brad McCarty for free.

The finalists

Drippler
From: Tel Aviv, Israel
Quick pitch: “Helping mobile users make the most of their smartphones and tablets.”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

Guide
From: Miami, United States
Quick pitch: “Guide turns your favourite online news and blogs into videos”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

Hubskip
From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Quick pitch: ‘”Hubskip: always the best price for your flight, even after the price drops.”
Launching at TNW Conference

Infogr.am
From: Riga, Latvia
Quick pitch: “Infogr.am is a web-based infographic creator for making, publishing and discovering illustrated data.”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

itembase
From: Berlin, Germany
Quick pitch: ” Your personal digital inventory. itembase enables you to build the digital collection of your belongings”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

kompany
From: Vienna, Austria
Quick pitch: “kompany offers international business background information”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

Monolith 
From: Tallinn, Estonia
Quick pitch: “Monolith turns consumers into shoppers and shoppers into customers”
Launching at TNW Conference

Marfeel
From: Barcelona, Spain
Quick pitch: “Marfeel automatically converts any Web page into the best reading experience ever.”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

Nine Connections
From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Quick pitch: “Nine Connections helps you discover shareable content that increases audience engagement, by predicting what people will see and share next.”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

Nutrino
From: Tel Aviv, Israel 
Quick pitch: ” Nutrino is the world’s first personal virtual nutritionist. Nutrino creates a personalized dietary plan that is tailored to your personal needs and preferences – your goals, medical profile, and culture.”
Launching at TNW Conference

Peerreach
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Quick pitch: “PeerReach tries to make sense out of the world we call social media by analysing, ranking and labelling people and their public messages.”
Announcing news at TNW Conference

PoweredNow
From: London, UK
Quick pitch: ” Powered Now is a business admin platform for field service companies (electricians, builders, plumbers, although anyone could use it), making it easy to quote, bill and manage your clients and most importantly get paid – fast!”
Launching at TNW Conference

Sush.io
From: Paris, France
Quick pitch: ” Raw Data Made Fresh. The tailored SAP+BO experience for you, today’s entrepreneurs.”
Launching at TNW Conference

Swipe
From: Olso, Norway
Quick pitch: “Swipe is the world’s simplest, most beautiful presentation tool. The focus lies on the experience of presenting, bringing real-time interactive slideshows to any screen, anywhere in the world.”
Launching at TNW Conference

Tyba
From: Madrid, Spain
Quick pitch: ” Re-imagining the way young talent and companies interact.”
Launching at TNW Conference

Zeppelin
From: San Francisco, United States
Quick pitch: ” Zeppelin helps executives understand how their company is performing and see what is going on across their team from a single place.”
Launching at TNW Conference